Soulaf Abas on the Syrian refugee crisis
Syrian artist Soulaf Abas spoke at the Indiana Interchurch Center April 22. Unfortunately her excellent talk was not videotaped. Fortunately she gave a similar talk to the Mid North Shepherd Center that was taped.
May 19th the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s very popular Living Room Dialogue program met in the home of Salim and Paula Najjar, members of the St. George Orthodox Church. Leading a discussion of the beliefs and practices of the Orthodox Christian Church was the Very Rev. Nabil Hanna of St. George. Fr. Nabil shared some of his notes
“… thank you for hosting the wonderful CIC evening on Sunday. It was great to see such a great, diverse audience celebrating together. You have made a huge impact on Indianapolis in bringing such disparate perspectives into common ground.”
“The Psalms are hymns of praise to God for his power and beneficence, for his creation of the world, and for his past acts of deliverance for Israel.”
CIC Board member Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir delivered an important talk about the development of Islam among African Americans in Indianapolis.
“So to inoculate the world against the ignorant bigotry that is vomited at political rallies and draws this sickening behavior out of people I would like to challenge anyone reading this to do a few things. Some of which we were charged by KP Singh to do at the dinner.”
Those who stepped into the basement of St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers on a Thursday two weeks ago could be forgiven for experiencing a kind of visual shock at the assembly
GREETINGS AND GRATITUDE
Thank you CIC for this prestigious Award and generous tribute. I am overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude. Thank you everyone for your presence. …
October 20th CIC board member Vimal Patel graciously opened his home to a Living Room dialogue about Hinduism.
A Different View Film Series kicked off August 20 with a screening of “Arranged.” Two young women – one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim – learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages. It was a great film, but everyone agreed that even better was the discussion afterward.
February 28th — The crowd was remarkably diverse, ranging in ages from kids to seniors. Many Syrian-Hoosiers who worship at Al Huda Foundation joined the feast, as did students from SPEA at IUPUI and Butler. SPEA students share the experience.
One of the exciting initiatives CIC is proud to support is Kizito Kalima’s outreach to newly arrived Congolese refugees resettling in Indianapolis. October 24 Kizito joined students at Butler, Sister Stella and IRSC’s Tendayi Bwititi to work with Congolese youth
May 2nd nearly a hundred Bangladeshis came to the Interchurch Center to learn about healthcare options, consult privately with Bangla-speaking physicians, and enjoy a spring day with families and friends
April 26th — saw the latest in the CIC’s Sacred Space tour, to al Huda Foundation in Fishers.
History was made with the 47th celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church with a grand interfaith celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.
On March 3th, the Indiana Interchurch Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation hosted a talk by Micha Feldmann, one of the chief architects of the massive migration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the 1980s and early 1990s.
CIC Board members and Interfaith Ambassador KP Singh offers this report on a performance by Anita Lerche on July 27.
Five Syrian refugee families accepted money donated at the “Beauty in Dark Times” event … a sign that Hoosiers are eager to welcome them to Indiana.
“So, on behalf of the CIC a warm welcome to all of you and Happy 200th birthday to our beloved state of Indiana!”
On August 6th, over 20 people attended CIC’s Sacred Space Tour of the An Lac Temple and Soka Gakkai Buddhist Centre. Visitors learned about the different varieties of Buddhism that have taken root in Indy and marveled at the beautiful art and environment of the temples.
One of the leading scholars on pilgrimages if IUPUI Anthropology Prof. Ian McIntosh. On a chilly Saturday morning Ian led more than a dozen people on a brain-storming walk. The purpose: imagining what a Spiritual Trail would be.